Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts

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Application Period Opens for Intro to Conservation Planning

PACD is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver a three-day Introduction to Conservation Planning course. This training is scheduled for October 31-November 2, 2023, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey area) in Grantville, PA.

Intro to Conservation Planning is an introductory course for employees interested in writing conservation plans and becoming an NRCS Certified Conservation Planner. Eligible organizations include NRCS, State Conservation Commission, conservation districts, farmland preservation entities, and non-profits. The training is free, and lunch will be provided.

There is a pre-requisite for the course through AgLearn.

Click here for the application to attend the course. 

Contact Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org with questions.

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Intro to Conservation Planning Course Scheduled for Fall

PACD is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the State Conservation Commission (SCC) to deliver a three-day Introduction to Conservation Planning course. This free training is scheduled for October 31-November 2, 2023, at the Holiday Inn Harrisburg (Hershey Area) in Grantville, PA.

This training is only for those interested in writing conservation plans and becoming an NRCS Certified Conservation Planner or apprentice.

If you are interested in taking this training, please begin the process to get an AgLearn account NOW! There is a prerequisite, and it can take months to get an account.

The event is for entry-level employees of all organizations in Pennsylvania delivering conservation planning technical assistance, including, but not limited to, NRCS, conservation districts, SCC, farmland preservation entities, and non-profits. The training is free, and lunch will be provided.

To receive information on this training as it becomes available, including the online prerequisite, email Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org.

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Save the Date for Fall Verbal Judo Training

Presenter Michael Freeman is a certified Verbal Judo instructor and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

Mark your calendars for Verbal Judo training October 12-13, 2023, in State College, PA. The spring Verbal Judo series met with such overwhelmingly positive response that PACD and DEP are coordinating another, centrally located, session for conservation district and DEP staff. This course is specifically designed to for those involved with regulatory inspections and enforcement, but is useful for anyone who deals with the public. Registration will be free and required. Stay tuned for more details.

 

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Additional Week of Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training – Basic Level to be Held in August

Application Period is Open!

To accommodate new hires and those unable to attend this spring, an additional week of Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training – Basic Level will be held in person in Union County in August, with an additional three virtual training days in August and September. The four in-person days and the three virtual days must all be attended in order to complete the course. The application period is now open.

Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training – Basic Level
August 15, August 16, and September 6 (virtual) & August 28-31, 2023 (in-person) 
Union County Government Center, Lewisburg, PA (Union County)

Click here to apply for the course. The deadline to apply is July 10, 2023. Notifications of those accepted or not accepted into the course will be made by July 14, 2023.

Questions? Contact Shannon Wehinger at swehinger@pacd.org.

The following sponsors make these training opportunities possible: Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Conservation Commission, Penn State Extension, and the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc.

 

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Harrisburg Hosts Chapter 102 Basic Technical Training

Participants receive instruction on an active construction site during the field day.

Fifty learners from 28 conservation districts and the PA Department of Environmental Protection convened for Chapter 102 Basic Technical Training at the Red Lion Harrisburg-Hershey in Harrisburg, PA, May 23-26, 2023.

Classroom training covered Chapter 102 basics, including permits and applications, field safety, and key components of both technical and completeness reviews. The field day incorporated learning stations at key points in an active construction site, as well as review of a completed site. Special thanks to the York County Conservation District, particularly Program Manager and E&S Resource Conservationist Eric Jordan and Resource Conservationist Tiffany Crum, for making the field day a huge success.

This training was funded through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection, and made possible through the cooperation of the PA Association of Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

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Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Basic Level Training Week 2 Concludes

Participants in the Basic Level of Agricultural Conservation Technical Training pose for a group photo on the first training day.

Thirty-one individuals attended the Agricultural Conservation Technical Boot Camp Training – Basic Level May 1-4, 2023, at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Attendees included staff from conservation districts, PACD, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and affiliates, Penn State Extension, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservation Commission sponsor the training. PACD works with these partners to coordinate the event.

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2023 Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Training Completed

The Agronomy Track (left) and the Engineering Track (right).

Thirty-four individuals attended Agricultural Conservation Technical Boot Camp Training – Level II from April 17-21, 2023. Attendees included staff from conservation districts, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and affiliates.

The Level II annual training consists of two learning tracks: agronomy and engineering. The two tracks allow participants to focus more deeply on their area of study. The event features a balance of classroom work and fieldwork to give participants hands-on experience.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservation Commission sponsor the training. PACD works with these partners to coordinate the training.

 

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Agricultural Conservation Technical “Boot Camp” Basic Level Training Week 1 Concludes

Participants in the Basic Level of Agricultural Conservation Technical Training pose for a group photo on the first training day.

Twenty-eight individuals attended Agricultural Conservation Technical Boot Camp Training – Basic Level March 27-30, 2023, at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County. Attendees included staff from conservation districts, PACD, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and affiliates, Penn State Extension, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the State Conservation Commission sponsor the training. PACD works with these partners to coordinate the event.

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Registration Opens for Chapter 102 Basic Technical Training

Conservation district technicians are encouraged to attend this year’s Chapter 102 Basic Technical Training as a refresher course. The event will take place May 23-26, 2023, at the Red Lion Harrisburg Hershey in Harrisburg, PA.

There is no cot to register, most meals are provided, and a lodging reimbursement is available. (See registration page for additional details.) There is no virtual attendance option.

Attendance is open to conservation district technicians and DEP employees working with Chapter 102 who are new or relatively new to their position, have never taken a similar training, would like a refresher, or would like guidance and skill enhancement for field inspections. The course curriculum assumes all participants have completed the prerequisite coursework on the Clean Water Academy.

Click here for additional information and to register. You will need to log into the Clean Water Academy (CWA) to access this link. Please contact Christopher Grimsley at cgrimsley@pacd.org if you need assistance accessing the CWA. All other questions may be directed to Molly Burns at mburns@pacd.org.

This training was funded through a grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection and made possible through the cooperation of the PA Association of Conservation Districts and Pennsylvania’s conservation districts.

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Registration Opens for Section 319 Virtual Watershed Planning and Implementation Meeting

The Section 319 Virtual Watershed Planning and Implementation Meeting will take place from 9:00 a.m. to Noon on May 22 and 23, 2023. The event is open to entities involved in Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management projects, including conservation district staff, DEP and EPA staff, incorporated watershed associations, counties, municipalities, councils of governments; 501(c)(3) non-profits, educational institutions, and municipal authorities.

Click here for more information and to register. 

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